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Joel Spolsky, one of my favorite Inc. magazine columnists, writes this month about the military tactic of "fire and motion"--firing at the enemy, then moving forward. Spolsky, who served in the Israeli Army and now runs a software company, says the fire and motion tactic serves him as well in the business world as it did on the battlefield. Successful companies constantly "fire and move," meaning they set their own agendas and force competitors to react. [Read More]
  April 4, 2008

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Study finds many patients dissatisfied with hospitals
CMS released the results of its much-talked-about HCAHPS survey online last Friday. While leaders told me the data held no surprises for their own hospitals, they admitted they were quick to check out their competitors. While the results may not present anything particularly news-breaking to the people working in healthcare, the 211 comments that were posted online in response to this article from the weekend paper provide a grim picture of the public's opinion of healthcare. [Read More]
WellPoint: 11 errors off-limits
Following CMS's lead, the nation's largest commercial health insurer (members-wise) announced Wednesday that it will no longer reimburse hospitals and docs for 11 preventable medical errors. The list of mistakes includes bed sores, wrong-site surgery, and catheter-related urinary tract infections. Other insurers are expected to make similar changes. The overall goal of these types of changes is to eliminate senseless errors, but, until healthcare is perfect, I can't help but wonder who will pay. The patients themselves? [Read More]
National standards to rank physicians planned
Physician groups and health insurers have finally agreed on a compromise in the physician rankings debate that heated up last year when the New York attorney general launched an investigation into several insurers' ratings. The groups announced Tuesday that they would join forces to develop a national set of standards for ranking physician performance. Experts say this agreement is a first step to "get beyond the finger pointing" in healthcare. [Read More]
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This Week's Headlines
Nonprofit hospitals, once for the poor, strike it rich
Wall Street Journal (subscription required) - April 4, 2008

McCain camp working out healthcare details
Boston Globe - April 4, 2008

Small hospitals push to do heart work
AP/Yahoo News - March 31, 2008

Making room for 'Dr. Nurse'
Wall Street Journal (subscription required) - April 2, 2008
Cardiac surgeon to lead ailing Boston hospital
Boston Globe - April 2, 2008
Jamaica launches free healthcare for all adults
Miami Herald - April 3, 2008
Insurers look at virtual visits to doctor
Philadelphia Inquirer - March 31, 2008

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